Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Announces 2013 Artist Lineup

Thursday, September 27 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will celebrate its 46th year with a stellar lineup of artists during the four-day winter festival in Moscow, Idaho, which runs Feb. 20-23, 2013.

This year’s theme, Inspiring Futures Through Jazz, complements the University of Idaho’s “Inspiring Futures” capital campaign and also speaks to the core mission of the Jazz Festival.

“We love bringing students to the University of Idaho and are especially proud to be a part of the Inspiring Futures campaign, “ said Steven Remington, festival executive director. “It’s inspiring for our community to see the students perform so well and it’s inspiring for the students to engage with the world-class jazz artists we invite each year.”

The Wednesday, Feb. 20 opening night concert, presented by Avista, will feature trumpeter Byron Stripling and the All-Star Quartet, featuring Josh Nelson, Shawn Conley, Bruce Forman and Kevin Kanner and the Lionel Hampton School of Music Jazz Band 1 in the Student Union Building Ballroom.

Stripling is known for his wide range, a beautiful tone and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style. He has a special historic connection to the festival’s namesake – months away from graduating from the Eastman School of Music, he was asked to join the Lionel Hampton Big Band. He jumped at the opportunity. Next, he enjoyed a stint with the Woody Herman Orchestra. In 1985, Stripling joined the Count Basie Orchestra.

In 1988, Stripling was picked to play the lead in the musical Satchmo: America's Musical Legend. “For me, it was important as being one of the ways in which I learned how to integrate entertainment into a musical presentation in a comfortable way,” said Stripling.

The Thursday, Feb. 21 evening concerts, presented by Pepsi, will feature Trio da Paz, vocalist Dee Daniels and pianist Fred Hersch.

Featuring three of Brazil's most in-demand musicians, Trio da Paz was formed in 1990 by Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca. All three are seasoned masters of both jazz and Brazilian music with impressive resumes.

Trio da Paz has recorded and performed with guitarist Romero Lubambo, Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Grover Washington, Jr. and Kathleen Battle; bassist Nilson Matta, Joe Henderson, Don Pullen, Yo-Yo Ma and Paul Winter; and Grammy nominee drummer Duduka da Fonseca's work with Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, John Scofield and Tom Harrell. Trio da Paz, as a group, has recorded and performed with Charlie Byrd, Herbie Mann, Lee Konitz, Kenny Barron and Nana Vasconcelos, among others.

Long-time festival friend, Dee Daniels, will be returning in 2013 and performing with her own band. A gifted vocalist and performer, Daniels has performed and recorded with many ‘Legends of Jazz,’ including: Toots Thielemans, Houston Person, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Hank Jones, Bill Mays, Dennis MacKrel, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, and Russell Malone. Daniels also is a respected vocal clinician, adjudicator and mentor and has presented clinics, workshops and master classes around the world.

Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has been called "one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation" by Downbeat Magazine. Hersch's numerous accomplishments include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition, two Grammy® nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance and a Grammy® nomination for Best Instrumental Composition.

Hersch also has earned special acclaim for his work as an unaccompanied soloist. He is considered to be the most prolific and widely-praised solo jazz pianists of his generation and will be featured as a solo performer at the 2013 festival.

The three Feb. 21 performances will be in three separate venues on the University of Idaho’s Moscow campus: the Student Union Building Ballroom, the Administration Building Auditorium and the School of Music Haddock Performance Hall. Each act will perform two sets with staggered venue start times. One ticket allows admission to all three acts and shuttle service between venues will be provided.

The Friday, Feb. 22 evening concert, presented by Alaska Airlines, will feature the inspirational music of a cappella group TAKE 6, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, and a “string summit” featuring violinists Regina Carter, Sara Caswell and Aaron Weinstein.

TAKE 6’s swinging, harmony-rich gospel sound has attracted widespread attention. The group has recorded or performed with: Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Don Henley, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, Joe Sample, Quincy Jones and many others. To date, TAKE 6 has won 10 GRAMMY Awards and holds the distinct honor of being the most GRAMMY nominated vocal group in history.

Another festival favorite, Jeff Hamilton, will play with his trio, featuring Tamir Hendelman on piano and Christoph Luty on bass. Hamilton has been leading his own trio for many years and readily acknowledges that his hard swinging trio is in the tradition of Oscar Peterson's group.

John Clayton, festival artistic director, has long wanted to bring together a “string summit” of rising star violinists. For the 2013 festival, he has done just that, with violin virtuosos Regina Carter, Sara Caswell and Aaron Weinstein.

Through her albums, incessant touring and various guest appearances and collaborations, Carter has developed into a distinctly diverse musical personality. She has performed with artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Kenny Barron and Mary J. Blige. Carter was awarded a MacArthur Fellows Program grant, also known as a "genius grant," in September 2006.

Caswell “is a brilliant world-class of the very best of the present generation of emerging young jazz stars,” according to David Baker, internationally-renowned jazz educator and director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

Named a "rising star violinist" by Downbeat Magazine, Weinstein is quickly earning a reputation as one of the finest jazz violinists of his generation. As a featured soloist, Weinstein has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Blue Note the Iridium, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel.

The Saturday, Feb. 23 concert will feature the saxophonist Maceo Parker and his band. Parker has been the inspiration for a generation of musicians through his solo career and his work with James Brown, George Clinton, Prince, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band and others. Parker’s music integrates a range of styles from soul, funk and jazz to rhythm and blues. He is known for his energetic live shows and his band has been billed as "the greatest little funk orchestra on earth.”

Also appearing that evening will be the Lionel Hampton Youth Jazz Orchestra with featured artist Warren Wolf. The Friday and Saturday evening shows will be in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center.

Special donor pre-sale tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 26, Participating schools and series tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 16 and general public ticket sales begin on Monday, Dec. 3. Tickets may be ordered through the University of Idaho ticket office at (208) 885-7212, (888) 8-UIDAHO or online at  

Visit or call 208-885-6765 for the most up-to-date festival information.
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